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Bush Threatens Congress with 100K Christmas Furloughs

by: makuyk00

Tue Nov 20, 2007 at 13:24:18 PM EST

The White House ups the ante in its Iraq War funding fight with Congress by notifying 100,000 civilian employees of a possible furlough just in time for Christmas.

makuyk00 :: Bush Threatens Congress with 100K Christmas Furloughs

Upping the ante in the Iraq funding stalemate with Congress, the White House announced furloughs for 100,000 civilians employees just in time for Christmas. From the Swamp;

Merry Christmas from Washington: With Congress balking at continued war funding, the White House says the Defense Department will issue furlough notices to about 100,000 civilian workers at military bases in mid-December.

The threat of notices is the White House's way of reminding Congress that it must authorize continued funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The House has voted to tie $50 billion in continued funding to a timeline for troop withdrawals, but that measure has been shelved in the Senate. The White House is calling on Congress to approve a spending bill before year's end. If funding isn't provided, the Defense Department says, the stall will have a "profoundly'' burdensome impact on its operations.

"Before you furlough anyone, you have to provide notice,'' White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said this morning. "If Congress provides the full funding, then the Department of Defense will not have to take the step'' of furlough notices. They will have to be issued in mid-December, she said.

Perino also acknowledges that this was a warning shot across the bow of Congress - "that's exactly what that was.''

"It is not us who is making any civilians suffer,'' she said. "We are calling on Congress.''

This blatant attempt to use Christmas furloughs as leverage in the funding feud with Congress is despicable. Hopefully some second-opinion accounting will reveal how cruel this move truly is, after all, according to the Chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Committee John Murtha (emphasis mine in this article concerning Gen. Mieg from the Pentagon's counter-IED organization);

Meigs also said that the standoff between the Congress and President Bush over the White House's request for war funding is going to cripple his organization's ability to pay for new counter-IED projects, if it continues into next year.

But Democrats say this isn't necessarily true. Rep. John Murtha, chairman of the House Defense appropriations subcommittee, said Congress included $120 million for the task force in the military's 2008 annual budget and the military can borrow against the rest of the $471 billion that was approved. So far, the Pentagon has not asked to tranfer any money, he said.

UPDATE: How will Dems respond? From the AP;

And Reps. David Obey and John Murtha said they won't bite. Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Murtha, D-Pa., head of the panel's Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said they won't support more money for the war this year unless President Bush accepts a timetable for troop withdrawals.

Last week, the House passed a $50 billion bill that would keep operations afloat for several more months, but sets a goal of bringing most troops home by December 2008. After Bush threatened to veto the measure, Senate Republicans blocked it.

"If the president wants that $50 billion released, all he has to do is to call the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, and ask him to stop blocking it," Obey told reporters.

Obey and Murtha convened the rare recess-week news conference to counter Pentagon reports that the military will have to take drastic steps next month if it doesn't get the money soon.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Friday signed a memo ordering the Army to begin planning for a series of expected cutbacks, including the layoffs of as many as 100,000 civilian employees and another 100,000 civilian contractors, starting as early as January.

Obey and Murtha said they calculate the military has enough money to continue operations through March by eating into its $471 billion annual budget.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the military has only limited transfer authority.

"Those who think we have some sort of flexibility here are simply misinformed," Whitman told reporters on Tuesday. "We've entered into a very serious period here."

Murtha said the Pentagon was issuing "irresponsible" propaganda.

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This is the fault of the democrats... They told him to cut into the funds and now he's showing them what he'll be forced to cut. It's sad that the democrats would force so many people out of a job before the holiday season...

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This is the fault of the democrats... They told him to cut into the funds and now he's showing them what he'll be forced to cut. It's sad that the democrats would force so many people out of a job before the holiday season...

Thats a distortion Kratos. They just gave him 473 Billion. The War is financed through the end of February.

Besides, Bush is not threatening to fire these people "because he is forced too"

He has the choice, he can continue this War against the wishes of the American people, or he can use the money to start bringing forces home.

Instead, he would rather keep the War going, regardless of who he has to fire .

Besides, Bush is the one who has vetoed the funding.

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Thats a distortion Kratos. They just gave him 473 Billion. The War is financed through the end of February.

And they need money for the future so they've got to make cuts now so they'll have money in a few months. It's called saving.

Again, they're the ones who told him to make cuts and now he's telling them what he's going to have to cut.

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Again, they're the ones who told him to make cuts and now he's telling them what he's going to have to cut.

Well, if he thinks that it is what he has to do then that is what he has to do. Congress definitely has to stop that money squandering maniac.

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And they need money for the future so they've got to make cuts now so they'll have money in a few months. It's called saving.

Again, they're the ones who told him to make cuts and now he's telling them what he's going to have to cut.

He chose to veto the funding, It's his fault. :hmm:

He is going against the wishes of the American people and the Congress.

He is a rogue.

Congress has no choice but to attach conditions.

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And they need money for the future so they've got to make cuts now so they'll have money in a few months. It's called saving.

Again, they're the ones who told him to make cuts and now he's telling them what he's going to have to cut.

I don't believe that at all. You don't have to save, the 50 billion is there already. Bush is just having a tantrum because he didn't get his way plain and simple.

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He chose to veto the funding, It's his fault. :hmm:

He is going against the wishes of the American people and the Congress.

He is a rogue.

Congress has no choice but to attach conditions.

He had to veto the bill because it included items that weren't acceptable that were put in by the... Congress.

Congress also told him to cut into the funds of the Pentagon and this is what he's doing. It's really up to them now.

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He had to veto the bill because it included items that weren't acceptable that were put in by the... Congress.

Congress also told him to cut into the funds of the Pentagon and this is what he's doing. It's really up to them now.

No, those items are acceptable, in fact wanted, by the American people.

Bush is the problem.

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No, those items are acceptable, in fact wanted, by the American people.

Bush is the problem.

The American people can't flip off a war just as easy as a light switch. It was by the people and congress that this war was started.

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The American people can't flip off a war just as easy as a light switch. It was by the people and congress that this war was started.

Because of lies. :hmm:

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The American people can't flip off a war just as easy as a light switch. It was by the people and congress that this war was started.

bush lied kids died...........the war was based on lies...

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The American people can't flip off a war just as easy as a light switch.

Ahhh but you can. You stop funding if the idiot in charge won't stop it on his own.

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bush lied kids died...........the war was based on lies...

oo... A mouthpiece using a slogan.

There is no magic wand to undo the past and what we have now is the problems at hand now. I don't think we should just ignore an unstable Iraq on it's own threat nor the threat from the terrorists there and rallying around the invasions.

Ahhh but you can. You stop funding if the idiot in charge won't stop it on his own.

With no regard to what we have already done and created?

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oo... A mouthpiece using a slogan.

im a mouthpiece?..lol your a tool for the communists; my atheist friend...iraqs over bring them home...

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im a mouthpiece?..lol your a tool for the communists; my atheist friend...iraqs over bring them home...

Your ignorance and bigotry is what keeps your eyes firmly shut from what atheism is. Sickening. I think I'll need to go wash my hands...

Iraq isn't over...

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The fact of the matter is: It looks like the Dems are going to stand up and end this thing just as the American people want.

Well, actually, the American people want it over now!

The Bill also includes a provision to end torture. And it looks like they are going to stop warrantless wiretapping too.

You rightwingers had your shot. You failed miserably. Got us in an endless blood and money sucking debacle, attacked our rights, and created the largest deficit and National debt in history.

Americans see the Right Wing for what it really is now. That is Bush's only legacy.

I don't see Republicans gaining majority of either the Senate or the House for some time to come.

This tragic NeoCon experiment in NeoImperialism is finally coming to a close................... Thank the Lord.

Now let's just hope the Dems follow through.

:)

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Ahhh but you can. You stop funding if the idiot in charge won't stop it on his own.

Which congress could have done many months ago.

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The fact of the matter is: It looks like the Dems are going to stand up and end this thing just as the American people want.

Well, actually, the American people want it over now!

Everytine you open your mouth you think many are still buying into your WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, as if you are the chosen spokesperson.

So knock it off. ;)

Now let's just hope the Dems follow through.

See, now you have your doubt and have figured it out they had you the last election and it was them who lied to you.

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What lies?

You too, what lies?

obviously you skipped over the item where Bush , Roave , Cheney ect ..... lied over the whole deal about Plame by McClellan .

aka busted. lol. Just like the liars the bulk of the country knows they are.

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Well, actually, the American people want it over now!

I think everything does. This won't be over just because they cut funds. Iraq will still have the problems it has right now, the region will be more unstable and there will be a better chance of terrorists gaining ground in Iraq if we just suddenly ditch them.

Thank the Lord.

Funny that the lord is a terrorist who gets off on bloodshed and suffering, yet you thank him for the very same things you're screaming about from Iraq. :)

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Your ignorance and bigotry is what keeps your eyes firmly shut from what atheism is. Sickening. I think I'll need to go wash my hands...

Iraq isn't over...

everytime i read your posts i need eye wash...when you get to hell..oh well you'll see....

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I think everything does. This won't be over just because they cut funds. Iraq will still have the problems it has right now, the region will be more unstable and there will be a better chance of terrorists gaining ground in Iraq if we just suddenly ditch them.

Funny that the lord is a terrorist who gets off on bloodshed and suffering, yet you thank him for the very same things you're screaming about from Iraq. :)

this isnt even funny..you my friend are warped and sick...where do you get the idea god is a terrorist?...from books men wrote?.. :wacko:

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What lies?

You too, what lies?

:rolleyes:

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